Sea to Table Experiences in Yamagata

Enjoy the delicious seafood of Yamagata Prefecture directly from its source by purchasing your own fish from a traditional fish market or joining local fishermen to fish off the coast of the Shonai Region!

After you have your fresh fish, we will then prepare them in a variety of dishes together with a master washoku chef of Yamagata Prefecture.  

These experiences are highly customizable, and vary throughout the year as the availability of the fresh fish changes. 

Experience at A Glance:

  • Aquire your own fish either by purchasing them from a local fish market or catching them yourself.

  • Learn how to masterfully fillet your fish using traditional Japanese culinary techniques and knives. 

  • Watch or work alongside a famous Japanese chef to create a variety of delicious dishes.

  • Enjoy a delicious meal featuring some of the freshest and most delicious fish possible. 

  • Fully guided by a local guide from Yamagata for both options.

Quick Info:

Event Date(s)                                                                                              Year Round, See Below

Activity Length                                                                                           Approximately 5-6 hours

Venue                                                                                                           The Coast of Yamagata 

Price                                                                                                             From 20,000 yen/person

Local Markets or Fishing Off the Coast 

For the first part of this program you will have the chance to choose between buying your fish at a local market or catching them yourself right from the ocean.  

If you are looking for a one day program then you will need to choose between the following options.

Local Fish Markets (option 1)

The markets we visit are either held in the early morning or evening and are special markets with fish freshly offloaded from the boats for wholesale.  We will visits these markets with special permission from the chefs who will be preparing our fish and gain exclusive access as visitors to observe the controlled chaos of these markets and learn about their unique logistics with your guide.  


Here we can see traditional fish auctions and will learn how a master chef selects his ingredients from the thousands of fish available.  We will purchase our fish here and take them back to the chef's restaurant for preparation.

This option is available year-round and can take place even if the weather is rainy or snowy.
However, please note that the selection of fish may be lower if the weather is very rough due to less fishermen able to bring in their catch. 

The fish market tour and purchasing will last for about 1 hour.

Catching Fish by Boat or off the Coast (option 2)

Our second option is to catch our own fish directly off the coast either from the beach or on a fishing boat together with local fishermen.

Fishing either takes place early (very early) in the morning or in the evening. 

We can join a local fisherman either on a boat to fish off the coast or along the rocky coastline to catch a variety of high grade fish. These fishermen will help us with the entire fishing process and will provide us with the necessary equipment.

We will then take our catch to a restaurant for preparation and cooking.

Note that fishing may not be possible if the weather is too rough.

We will typically suggest that guests go with boat fishing as the likely hood of catching fish is far more likely than shore fishing. 

Coastal fishing is only available from July until late November due to the difficulty in catching fish during other times of the year.  

All rental gear will be provided. 

The fishing portion of this tour typically lasts for 3-5 hours. 

Preparation and Dining

After we have our fish we will then work with a local chef at a sushi or kaiseki restaurant where we will learn how to prepare the fish from start to finish.  This includes descaling and filleting the fish into fillets ready to be cut into fresh sashimi.

Guests can leave it up to the chef to prepare into various dishes or can make requests for a specific dish. 

This includes making nigiri and rolled sushi, kaisendon (sushi bowls), grilled dishes, yubiki (scalding fresh sashimi with boiling water, and a variety of other options.


This part of the tour lasts for about 2-3 hours.

Reservations and Important Notes

-Note that availability of the type of fishing and fish varies immensely throughout the year. 

-The price of this experience varies depending on your group what type of fish you want to target and the type of fishing you want to try. 

-Prices for a fish market visit and sushi session run for about 20,000 yen a person.

-Prices for a fishing program vary depending on the type of fish we target, but typically start at 35,000 a person for boat fishing and culinary experience. 

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